Keith Rutz’ ancestral roots hearken back six generations from his great great grandfather Fernand Lebegue who grew up in Aigne, in France’s Languedoc region, where he worked as a cooper fashioning barrels from the Vosges, Nevers, Allier, and Troncais which have become the standard bearers of oak in the fine wine business today.
After graduating from Berkeley, Keith Rutz developed a deep interest in wine and started a label in the Russian River Valley. Known as RUTZ in the early 90’s, Keith focused on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay clones given his deep connection to and interest in the great wines of Burgundy. His family’s tradition had come full circle.
Celebrating 29 harvests in 2020, RUTZ has expanded to the sought after cooler Chalk Hill appellation for Cabernet Sauvignon production, as well as a counterpoint in Napa Valley in the Rutherford AVA working with the Morisoli Vineyard. Rutz hired renowned winemaker Mike Trujillo to collaborate closely in making a suite of wines that deliver artistry, architecture and allure.
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